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U.S. Puts 12 Nations On Watch For Piracy 429

ColinPL writes with a link to an AP article about a public scolding the US has given China, Russia, and several other nations. Failure to 'sufficiently protect' American copyrights is the cause of the Bush administration's ire, and has resulted in these countries showing up on a 'priority watch list' that could eventually lead to economic sanctions. "In addition to Russia and China, the 10 countries placed on the priority watch list were Argentina, Chile, Egypt, India, Israel, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. In elevating Thailand to the priority watch list, the administration said it was concerned by a range of issues including a 'deteriorating protection for patents and copyrights.' Thailand is currently in a dispute with international drug companies including Abbott Laboratories of the United States over the cost of drugs to fight AIDS and other diseases. The Thai government in January issued compulsory licenses allowing the use of much cheaper generic versions of two leading drugs in Thailand."
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U.S. Puts 12 Nations On Watch For Piracy

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  • by gardyloo ( 512791 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2007 @08:43AM (#18939199)
    ... anyone have a .torrent of it?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 01, 2007 @08:50AM (#18939253)
    If only China and Russia were big enough to not give a shit about US policy...

    The real joke is putting Israel on the list. Even if the US were to fine them they'd just get more US taxpayer money sent in the next lot of "foreign aid".
  • by Fuzzums ( 250400 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2007 @09:06AM (#18939397) Homepage
    That's called free enterprise.
    Everyboy knows that! Duh! C'mon. ;)
  • Piracy? (Score:2, Funny)

    by mebollocks ( 798866 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2007 @09:31AM (#18939711) Homepage
    Strange, here's a map of global piracy

    China and Russia don't seem to be a problem at all? []
  • by Cathoderoytube ( 1088737 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2007 @11:38AM (#18941627)
    I think the reason Canada and the UK aren't on the list is because we're close neighbors with the US. In Canada's case we actually touch them. I'm not a political type person but I have an idea it would be bad for relations if the US went out and said 'Canada! you're on our list!' then we'd say 'Which list is that? The one for the terrorists, the beef, the lumber, the drugs or the flying squirrels?' then the US would say 'This is a new list! For not protecting our copyrights!' then we'd say 'Copyrights.. That's a new one is it?' then the US would say 'YES! We just made it! And you're on it! Right there below Venezuela!' then we'd say 'Wait what? We're still talking about copyrights here right? This list looks an awful lot like it has something to do with soccer. I think your list is wrong, we're more of a hockey country' then the US would say 'That's not true, your woman's team is quite good'. Then we'd say 'Well I suppose, but the fact of the matter remains we're really not known for our soccer' then the US would say 'You do have a valid point, we'll take you off the list.. '

    So, uhh there you go.

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